Hope for UO research?

8/1/2011: This job posting from UO’s new VP for Research, Kim Espy, creates some hope that UO’s research priorities are going to move away from Provost Bean’s oversold “5 big ideas” towards something more like, uh, research. Not that we have anything against trying to base our AAU status on doing benefit-cost analyzes of LED lighting for Salem, or green-washing for the kleptomaniacal President of Gabon.

The position of Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR) works directly with the Vice President for Research and Innovation.  The intent is to appoint an individual for a three year period with the possibility of reappointment for a second three year term after review and discussion with the Vice President.  The position will initially be a part time appointment but may increase in effort over time dependent on work load and the wishes of the individual in the position.  The issues addressed during each three year period may change significantly depending on circumstances.  In the AY2012 through the AY201 period, the emphasis will be on setting strategic priorities for the Office of Research and Innovation; seeking enhanced opportunities for large-scale, cross disciplinary, externally sponsored research projects and initiatives; and assistance in the oversight of Centers and Institutes. …

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